Family Services

Triage assessment and intervention provided at times of individual and community crisis.

For children, teens, parents and families. PACS staff provides counseling and resources for families involved in the adoption process, available to any adoptive family within Bergen, Essex and Passaic County. The PACS clinical team provides family, individual and group counseling using today’s most effective therapeutic techniques, including life book, identity work, and child play therapy.

The EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) parenting program gives parents and caregivers the support and education they need to 1) develop more confidence in what they already know; and 2) add new skills that will help them raise their children to become responsible and caring adults.

With over 30 years of experience, EPIC workshops provide the tools parents need to develop more effective communication skills, and deal with the complex and challenging issues facing families today. In 12 two-hour sessions, parents learn how to “keep the loving connection” from infancy. Groups are made up of 8-12 people of all ages and all family configurations. A certificate of completion is awarded at the end of the series.

Series topics include:

  • Parenting is Hard Work
  • Building Healthy Self-Esteem
  • How to Make Rules That Work
  • Promoting Peace at Home

For more information about EPIC, please contact: Lannie Jacobs, CSSW, Program Coordinator at 201-740-7110

Children’s Aid and Family Services is proud to introduce the Family Counseling Center, our new program that provides therapy for children and families at our location in Fair Lawn. Our team of professionals will be helping children with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and relationship problems, including those who are struggling with loss or trauma; school-related difficulties; and challenges with focus. We also offer family therapy and support and guidance for parents.

We have a long history of helping children achieve wellness mentally and emotionally,  and are thrilled to be offering this service to the community. For more information, contact the Family Counseling Center at 201-261-2800 or visit www.familycounselingcenterfairlawn.com.

Community Services

“Diapers are mandatory for babies, not optional.”

 And yet for some parents, each month is a balancing act between choosing whether or not to pay rent, buy food and clothing, or purchase diapers and formula for their infant.

Baby Basics provides free formula, diapers, and other vitally needed supplies to babies from eligible working poor families and single parents who –

Have a child under 2 years old;

Live or work in Bergen County;

Are facing severe financial hardships; and/or

Are living in domestic violence or homeless shelters.

Baby Basics is wholly dependent on philanthropy. Every can of formula and every diaper given away monthly at one of our 5 distribution centers is made possible through the support of community members, local merchants, schools, scout groups, and religious institutions who donate money or items, or sponsor product drives.

Please Note: The agency gratefully accepts donations of diapers, baby formula, and wipes. Diapers of all brands should be in sizes 3, 4, 5, and/or 6. We also accept Similac Advance Powder and Simolac Isomil Advance Powder. Buying these items in bulk from discount stores will cut costs considerably.  We are also pleased to purchases diapers and formula with your cash donation.

Please contact (201)-261-2800 for more information.

 

A program of Children’s Aid and Family Services, provides social work services at several senior centers in Bergen County. As people age, there are physical, social and emotional changes that can naturally occur–for example, retirement, the death of a loved one, caring for an ill relative, a sudden hospitalization, illness, and loss of independence. These changes can lead to new concerns and problems and affect a person’s emotional, social and physical well-being. These changes can be overwhelming at times. Family and friends are not always able to provide all the help, understanding or support needed. If you or a member of your family is having difficulty coping with these changes or need guidance in seeking the right solution, our social worker is available to assist you at the senior center locations listed below.

Elder Care Services Include: 

  • Information on services and program for older adults
  • Referral to local agencies or resources
  • Assistance in completing applications for benefit and entitlement programs
  • Short term counseling to individuals and families
  • Educational programs on concerns related to aging
  • Caregiver Support Group for people caring for an ill relative who is 60 or older (at the Northwest Senior Center only)

Locations:

Northwest Senior Activity Center

46-50 Center Street
Midland Park, NJ 07432
Ph: (201) 445-5690
Fx: (201) 493-8911

Open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sheila Brogan: (201) 447-5695

 

Hackensack Location:
Americas Unidas Multi-Cultural Senior Activity Center

The United Center
101 Hudson Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
phone: (201) 336-3320
fax: (201) 488-2808

Maria Munoz, BSW
Bilingual Counselor
(Spanish and English)

Hours:
Mondays, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fridays, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Garfield Location:
The Garfield Senior Activity Center

480 Midland Avenue
Garfield, NJ 07026
phone: (973) 478-0502
fax: (973) 253-0543

Maria Munoz, BSW
Bilingual Counselor
(Spanish and English)

Hours:
Tuesdays, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

The most defenseless time in a young woman’s life is when she is pregnant or has just had a baby. Most girls are fortunate enough to be surrounded by an indispensable network of supportive family, friends, and resources that will help them during this life-changing experience. But some are not.

 Since 2003, Zoe’s Place has been providing a safe, supervised home and supportive services for pregnant teens, and young moms and their babies, who would otherwise be homeless. Aptly named after the Greek for “gift of life,” Zoe’s helps young mothers become more self-sufficient, have fewer repeat teen pregnancies, increase their chances of gaining an education and/or viable employment, and ultimately, raise healthier babies.

The Garfield residence is home to a maximum of five young moms and their infants at any one time. Up to 100 additional girls receive free training in life skills and financial independence annually. Child care is also offered for free to current and former residents to enable them to attend school and continue working.

If you need our help, or would like to support Zoe’s Place, please contact Kelly at kguerrieri@cafsnj.org for more information.

Zoe’s Support Group

Come have dinner and talk about what it is like to be a new mom! Please contact Yvelisse Gonzalez MSW, LSW at (973) 268-2280 Ext. 154.

Zoe’s Place Helpline

(973) 458-1007

The Zoe’s Place helpline is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering crisis intervention, emergency assistance, referral and advocacy 365 days a year. Services include assistance and guidance for accessing education opportunities, job training, healthcare, employment, counseling, childcare and more.

For information on the specific needs of Zoe’s Place please look at their PDF iconwish list.pdf.

The prescription drug and opioid crisis facing communities in Northern New Jersey is frightening! Are you being impacted by drug abuse?

The increase in drug overdoses in Bergen County is reason enough for Children’s Aid and Family Services to focus attention on The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources (TCADR). Information, education, and abuse-prevention resources are available to anyone who is being hurt by heroin, alcohol, tobacco, or other drug misuse.

TCADR Programs include:

  • Strengthening Bergen’s Families. A 14-week program to improve parents’ confidence in their ability to supervise their children and to help them learn effective communication skills.
  • Positive Parenting. A three-session program that builds resiliency in children and fosters communication between parents and teens.
  • Children in the Middle. A program to help reduce the stress children frequently experience during a divorce by teaching parents how to communicate more effectively with their children.
  • Every Person Influences Children. A parenting program which is dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with the support and education they need to help children become responsible and caring adults.
  • The Single Parent Group. A program which offers support and education for people who are parenting on their own.
  • Individual Skill Development for Parents. A program which helps parents achieve specific personal parenting goals.

To learn more please visit The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources’ website at www.tcadr.org.

Conveniently nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac behind Century Road, Turrell boasts two large playgrounds, a versatile gym, state of the art library with SMART tables and SMART boards, and ten classrooms filled with developmentally appropriate toys and activities for children between the ages of 8 weeks through Kindergarten. Our creative and nurturing teachers have decades of experience, several of which have been with Turrell for over 15 years!

The Turrell Center Difference

  • ID Scanning System for security
  • Extended hours 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Nutritional meals and snacks freshly prepared in our on-site kitchen
  • Large outdoor playground and indoor gym
  • Baby Gym with soft equipment for little explorers

To learn more please visit Turrell’s website at www.turrellchildcare.org